For some people, “visual storytelling” means photographs. For others, it means film or video. An epic movie such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy may spring to mind — and few would disagree with that as a fine example of visual storytelling.
For news organizations without their own branded CMS, Blogger is one of the top blogging platforms out there. However, it’s no secret that WordPress is favored amongst blogging types for its extreme customizability and clean navigation. Today, Google announced a much-needed overhaul of the entire editing and management Blogger system, a move which will align the UI with their recent Gmail and Calendar redesigns. So, what’s different?
This is the first of three co-ordinated learning programmes designed to form a comprehensive guide to the use of social media for journalism. It fits into the first level of tution at MMJ, the one called Getting Started.
As such it sits alongside the other subjects that you'll find at the Getting Started level in the textbook and on this companion website.
It is currently available exclusively on the website, but will be adapted for inclusion in future editions of the MMJ print and ebook.
Tool of the week: ifttt, shorthand for “if this then that”. What is it? This tool is still in private beta but it is worth applying for an invitation and waiting to see when it goes public as it promises interesting possibilities for journalists.
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The buzzwords for social media editors at news outlets are conversation, curation and collaboration. But when using Twitter and its ilk to collect and disseminate news in real-time, another word is becoming just as important: corroboration.
App of the week: PressReader Operating systems: Apple (iPhone and iPad), Android, HoneyComb BlackBerry and Windows Cost: Free (but you pay $0.99 per download after you’ve used seven free credits) What is it and how is it of use to journalists?
"Stories of the recently released material is being shared on twitter under the #wlfind hashtag. The site www.cablegatesearch.net is a powerful tool for those scouring the cables: it enables keyword searches for over 140,000 released cables. This page also has a ‘comments’ field where readers can share research and valuable contextual knowledge regarding the cables, as well as link cables across themes and countries. Crowdsourcing allows for the significance of the material to grow organically: along with readers’ geographical diversity comes a diversification of subject matters and a plurality of angles." Crowdsourcing is not at odds with journalism. WikiLeaks has witnessed how the #wlfind hashtag has led to stories being published in the mainstream press. The crowdsourcing of the bulk of the cables will assist journalists to sift through the tens if not hundreds of thousands of cables relating to the contemporary history of their own region. Readers are discovering that even the media organisations with the most resources, WikiLeaks’ original partners, do not have the capacity to sift through all the cables nor report on all the big stories. It is a shared responsibility, then, for citizens, journalists, and researchers to comb through the material and find its local and global significance. Those stories that established media organisations are unable or unwilling to report on due to fear of being sued, or conflict of interest, or both, should nevertheless be in the public domain and available for everyone to access. "
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Curating news is and will be an essential part of any journalistic endeavor. By curating news on specific topics everyday Journalist will build valuable assets that will help them draw on existing research to quickly author new articles.
An article in the latest issue of Press Gazette asks what's journalism's job in the aftermath of last months riots?
The question is posed by Kevin Marsh, the former editor of the Today programme and of the BBC College of Journalism. He writes: "Is it good enough for us to say it's not our job to help solve problems? That all we do is report, call to account, point out the problems and opine?
"Can we imagine a world where journalists aren't just bystanders? Where it's our responsibility, as it is of other citizens , to help society go well?"